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Lobbying Costs

100,000€ - 199,999€

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1.5 Fte (2)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info


    EU Transparency Register

    29952722795-07 First registered on 15 Dec 2009

    Goals / Remit

    ESOMAR is the global voice of the research, analytics and insights community, speaking on behalf of over 6000 individual professionals and 700 companies who provide or commission research, analytics and insights in more than 130 countries, all of whom agree to uphold the ICC/ESOMAR International Code.

    Together with national and international research associations, we set and promote professional standards and self-regulation for our sector and elevate the value of research, analytics and insights in illuminating real issues and bringing about effective decision-making.

    Founded in 1948, ESOMAR gathers both the provider and client side, as well as in public bodies and academic institutions. Our members are present in over 130 countries, and nearly half of our membership is based in European countries.

    To strengthen the community, ESOMAR creates and manages a comprehensive programme of industry-specific and thematic conferences, publications and communications.

    Main EU files targeted

    Currently, our advocacy activities are centered on the following topics:

    - Data protection and privacy
    - Responsible research and innovation
    - ePrivacy
    - Copyright, text and data mining
    - Self- and Co-Regulation
    - Freedom to conduct opinion polling research
    - Audience measurement
    - Demographics measurement
    - DE&I
    - Platform Workers Directive


    Head Office
    Burgemeester Stramanweg 105
    Amsterdam 1101 AA
    EU Office
    Burgemeester Stramanweg 105
    Amsterdam 1101 AA


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 27 Feb 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Kim Smouter 19 Feb 2019 19 Feb 2020
    Mr Kim Smouter 20 Mar 2017 16 Mar 2018
    Mr Jan Willem Knibbe 12 Jan 2016 11 Jan 2017
    Ms Johanna Ruwen 12 Jan 2016 11 Jan 2017
    Mr Kim Smouter 15 Dec 2015 04 Dec 2016
    Mr Kim Smouter 09 Dec 2014 04 Dec 2015
    Mr Kim Smouter 17 Jan 2014 09 Dec 2014
    Mr James Shaw 26 Feb 2013 23 Feb 2014
    Mr Kim Smouter 09 Jan 2013 03 Dec 2013

    Complementary Information

    The service is led by a Head of Public Affairs and Professional Standards supported by 1 full-time coordinator.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    ICC International Chamber of Commerce
    Future of Privacy Forum
    International Association of Privacy Professionals
    ISO International Standards Organisation

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    100,000€ - 199,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    100,000€ - 199,999€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    We promote effective self-regulation, and enforce the ICC/ESOMAR International Code of Conduct.

    We issue industry position statements advising EU regulators and legislators which are regularly published on our website:

    We regularly conduct delegation visits to facilitate exchanges between European officials and sector stakeholders in order to provide inputs in EU policy-drafting and policy-making activities and to improve our regulatory compliance advice to members and the broader sector.

    Other activities

    To promote awareness of the value of market, social and opinion research and data analytics for decision makers and to strengthen international self-regulation within the sector.

    To represent the market, social and opinion research and data analytics sectors to legislators and government authorities in the EU.

    To monitor legislative proposals on a national and international level that might impact market, social and opinion research and data analytics and to inform members and associations of them.

    To liaise with professional associations on a global basis regarding legislative restrictions that could impact market, social and opinion research and data analytics.

    To ensure that market, social and opinion research are not confused with other sectors which include direct marketing and ‘commercial communications.’

  • Meetings


    5 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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